Hi everyone! I started a new thread, not seeing this one, but I'm sure it'd be easier for everyone if I just kept things here.
Bailey replied this to my other thread, but I'm moving it here for the sake of ease...
Originally Posted by BaileyB
Hi Judy! I am so far UP-ing and possibly UC-ing. I am taking it more one day at a time. This is pregnancy #4 for me, with 1 full term stillborn born at hospital/induction, one full term living almost 2 year old (hospital/induction), and then I had a really early m/c last May, and now due this coming May. I am 19.5 weeks. This is my first time without an OB and I have never had a midwife. I just had a strong urge to be left alone this pregnancy and I had been looking into UC before getting pregnant with my m/c baby. I actually wouldn't mind delivering in our hospital because they have great staff, etc but if I feel like they will go bonkers when I come in in labor and haven't had official prenatal care since 9 weeks I will just stay at home. I don't really feel like having an IV, or being given antibiotics for any possible GBS, and I don't feel like being in labor and having to force them to not give me those things.
I was induced with my first baby because of finding no heartbeat and I was induced with my second because they/I were jumpy about going too late since they never found a cause of the first stillborn (they highly suspected a cord accident though).
When are you due?
Hi Bailey (and everyone)! Nice to "meet" you and get to chat some. For those who didn't see my other thread, we're expecting baby #5 towards the end of May. (May 25th is our "estimated due date") All 4 big siblings have been born at home with midwives. We've recently moved, so we no longer have our midwives and feel a great peace about going this one solo.
As far as prenatals, I've had 2 ultrasounds already - one at 6.5 weeks to gauge an accurate due date (only because we're planning a trip out of town and wanted to know what to expect), and one at 14.5 weeks because of some unexplainable bleeding (ended up not being a problem, and has since fully resolved). We're also getting a quick (15 min) gender check later this week, which I'm excited about! I struggled with bonding with my last baby because we didn't find out the gender and I had a lot of anxiety over the unknown. For me, this is just a better option. I saw a midwife for 2 visits before she "fired" me because I was asking about whether she was willing to basically be a "back-up" in the event of us no longer feeling comfortable about UCing. Apparently that was a bad question to ask.
I'm going to be ordering a fetoscope and doing minor prenatal checks. My last midwife didn't use the urine strips, so I probably won't either. Never once had the slightest problem with any of the things it checks. I'll check fetal heart tones, weight gain, fundal height, and occasional blood pressure at the local drugstore. Never had the slightest hiccup in my BP either, and it becomes less common with each healthy pregnancy.
My DH is becoming more comfortable with the idea, as long as we're well prepared. He also wants to have a Doppler handy, so we'll probably rent one for the birth only. Working on making a list of supplies to collect, mainly emergency herbs/tinctures (like angelica and shepherd's purse) and manual stuff like something for suctioning baby, cord stuff, etc.
I'm a certified childbirth educator, breastfeeding peer counselor, and total birth/baby junkie. I read voraciously, and have already read Hearts & Hands cover-to-cover more than once. Reading it again and highlighting important stuff, tabbing pages, and working on a cheat-sheet for labor.
Anyway, nice to meet you all! Gotta get to bed now, but I'll be around!